They Can READ!

This morning has been very productive and the kids are on a short recess, so I had to share my excitement! K. and C. just read their first book, Pan and the Mad Man, which is part of the Phonics Museum program. They were so proud of themselves and excited to do the workbook pages that came after the reading lesson. We will celebrate today with a treat at lunchtime. Reading is one the greatest educational gifts that I give my children and we like to remind them that once they can read there is never a reason to be bored.

I grew up in a family that read stacks of books. My mother took us to the library each week and Laura and I would check out piles of books that we would read through as quickly as possible. My favorites when I was really little were the Betsy and Eddie books by Carolyn Haywood, later I moved on to the Betsy, Tacy and Tib books and then the Little House books and it never stopped. I still love to read, as do my sisters and parents.

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I taught my older children to read with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, which was a significant value; I think I spent $13.00 on it and taught five children to read with it. We never finished the book because by the time they got to the 60th lesson, or so, they were always ready to move on to Easy Reader books. I took a break from it with my fourth, S., because I couldn’t bear to read the stories again, so I taught him to read using things I made on my own. Then when “Rusty” was four, MK taught him to read with 100 Easy Lessons. MK was only 10 at the time, so that tells you how easy the program is to use.

I would have used 100 Easy Lessons again, but a generous friend gave me her Phonics Museum program that had two workbooks for each Kindergarten and First grade, one for K. and one for C. It looked fun and came with great recommendations, so I thought we would give it a try. It has been fun. Of course, I am adapting it for my own use; things that are used in a classroom aren’t always necessary at home.

Some day I plan to write a post about why we’ve chosen to homeschool, but for now I will say that watching my little ones begin to read, seeing their faces when they realize that they can decipher the letters, is a joy to me.

I shared in my “Favorite Toys” post that we like Duplos so here are a few recent Duplo photos. Even the big boys got in on the fun.

Have a great day.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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